£58m EuroMillions winner misses out on huge prize after missing midnight deadline

A BRIT EuroMillions player may have missed out on a huge prize after the midnight deadline to claim it passed at midnight.

The potentially lucky punter from South Ayrshire, Scotland, had the winning ticket from the March 17 draw.

A claim was reported in April, but a Camelot spokesperson said they are still doing the final checks – meaning there is a chance that someone could scoop the prize at the last minute.

And with players having just 180 days to come forward, time ran out last night to pocket the £57,869,670 prize.

When winning tickets go unclaimed, the sum is then added to National Lottery Project charity funds.

The winning numbers for the draw were 5, 7, 8, 16 and 20 with Lucky Stars 2 and 12.

A spokesman for lotto operator Camelot said: "We can confirm that we received a claim on this prize in April but we don't comment on the detail of individual claims.

"However, as with all major prizes, any claim goes through a rigorous validation process to ensure the prize can be paid under the National Lottery game rules.

"With all National Lottery draws, players have 180 days from the day of the draw to claim their prize.

"If a valid claim is not received within this period, the prize money is passed to good causes."

A spokesperson for Camelot said yesterday: "As with all major prizes, the claim goes through a rigorous validation process to ensure the prize can be paid under our game rules.

"If a valid claim is not received, the prize money is passed to good causes."

The jackpot is one of 11 which have not been claimed, the National Lottery website says.

But the sum is the largest of the lot, with the next highest amount sitting at £1million.

Once the ticket has been validated and the money paid out, it is up to the winner to decide whether to go public or not.

The odds of choosing the right numbers in the twice weekly draw have been estimated at one in 140million.

Scotland's biggest EuroMillions winners were Colin and Chris Weir, of Largs, Ayrshire, who scooped £161m in 2011.

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